South Korean sex workers protest court ruling upholding criminalization of sex work
- Pro-sex work activists protested the Constitutional Court’s decision to uphold a 2004 law that set punishments for both sex workers and customers, arguing it unfairly limits women’s economic opportunity and punishes poor clientele while paid relationships among the wealthy persist.
- Sex workers and consumers face up to a year in jail or a fine of 3 million won ($2,600).
- Activists say the ruling violates their right to work and announced intentions to petition the United Nations.
“South Korean Court Upholds Ban on Prostitution” (The New York Times)
“South Korea prostitutes decry court ruling, demand right to work” (Reuters)
“South Korea Upholds Tough Anti-Prostitution Laws” (AP via ABC News)
(Image Credit: Jean Chung/The New York Times)